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After a diagnosis of autism

MARILYN HAWKES | Contributing Writer | Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 10:00 am

A diagnosis of autism affects the entire family, and in many cases that includes grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins, as well as close friends, according to Dr. Raun Melmed, a developmental and behavioral pediatrician who is medical director of the Melmed Center in Scottsdale.

To help the extended family understand the diagnosis and provide constructive ways in which they can help, Melmed, who is also medical director of the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC), has co-authored a book, “Autism and the Extended Family: A Guide for Those Outside the Immediate Family Who Know and Love Someone with Autism” ($15 paperback, Future Horizons, Inc.).

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